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    Commissioned for cover of April 1974 issue of "Golf Digest"

    1974 Arnold Palmer Original Painting by LeRoy Neiman. Two legends of the athletic world collide in an explosion of kaleidoscopic color here, a work that celebrates the official designation of links immortality for its subject. It was in 1974 that the World Golf Hall of Fame announced its inaugural class of thirteen members, welcoming Palmer into the fold along with a cast of iconic names including Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Sam Snead. It was around this time that the greatest sports artist in history saw fit to celebrate The King's coronation, capturing Palmer's world-beating swing in his distinctive expressionistic style.

    The oil on board work is classic Neiman, the bold color palette and thick paint application serving as the hallmarks of a master in his prime. His most famous creations, appearing on the covers of programs for Muhammad Ali bouts and World Series contests, date to this era. Three of the works commanding six-figure prices in recent Heritage auctions date to the first half of the 1970's.

    This particular image likewise found wide distribution in periodical format, utilized as the cover art for the April 1974 edition of "Golf Digest," and later reappearing in the 1992 retrospective hardcover compilation of Neiman's work on the links entitled, "Big Time Golf."

    The viewable area of the painting measures approximately 13.5x23.5", with museum-quality matting and framing completing the dimensions at 22x32". Work is signed at dated by the artist at lower right.

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